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Wrong to boost pay of Unit 5 superintendent

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Disappointment and resentment is what I am hearing from a number of Unit 5 taxpayers and community leaders over this recent vote to increase the salary of the superintendent.

The school board stated, in the Feb. 25 Pantagraph, they thought the superintendent had done a good job. He has led the fight to pass a building referendum. Well, what about the $3.5 million budget shortfall, which was uncovered recently? That was on his “watch” also.

With the economic fiasco in Illinois, how do we continue to increase wages for some and have layoffs elsewhere? Is that hypocritical or what?

Improving the last three years of this contract to insure the superintendent’s retirement is a practice that taxpayers can no longer afford. Such luxuries may have been OK in 2004 but not in 2010.

As a board member, you have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers. We need sound business practices to be in place and get the best bang for our buck. Money is spent for out-of-town experts to tell us what can be obtained locally.

An out-of-town architect was hired for the new school buildings which are now under construction. The last two high schools were built using plans and specs designed by local firms. Why do we spend excess money this way? Keeping it local also helps the local economy.

We get to vote for board members; I won’t forget how you voted.

James Riker, Normal


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